THPRD board to fill open seat
The Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation District board soon will begin the process of filling a seat left empty by Jerry Jones Jr.
Jones resigned from the board in December after two women came to the Times with allegations that Jones had sexually harassed them in the workplace. He had served on the board since 2013, and was reelected to a four-year term last spring. Before resigning, Jones was president of the board.
In a meeting Tuesday evening at the Howard M. Terpenning Recreation Complex, the board agreed to formally accept Jones' resignation through the consent agenda. The board then unanimously voted to appoint Ali Kavianian as the new board president. Felicita Monteblanco will replace Kavianian as secretary, and John Griffiths will replace Monteblanco as secretary pro-tempore.
The board also discussed the process for filling Jones' seat at the Tuesday meeting. THPRD General Manager Doug Menke explained that the board is tasked with filling the seat through appointment until the next available district election, which is scheduled for spring of 2019. The district then will use that election to fill the seat until 2021, which would have been the end of Jones' term.
"Our job is to fill the first half of the term, and the public's job is to fill the second half," board member Holly Thompson said.
THPRD plans to post a notice for applications within the next week, and will publicize the post through social media, a press release and email. After a two- to three-week period, the board will interview candidates, then make its selection.
Menke said he'd like to see the seat filled before the start of April, when the first THPRD budget work session of the year will be held.
Griffiths said that he'd like to see the application process shortened — to just one week, rather than two or three — for the sake of filling the seat as quickly as possible. Monteblanco responded that having the two- to three-week period is important, "because there are plenty of people who don't know the position is open."
The board members are responsible for compiling a list of questions for the application and interview process. Thompson and Monteblanco said they want to interview every candidate who applies, but the board did not reach a final decision on that at the meeting.
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